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Learning to Huck Cliffs

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Are there any books/tips that can help me learn how to really take off before a jump? I've been told to lean forward before leaning back before jumping, but that rarely seems to work...
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I was at Crested Butte in Colorado when the extreme skiing championships were being held there 2 years ago. You will find the experts at these events to talk to and watch.

I had the opportunity to chat with a couple of competitors. In addition to the usual helmet, they usually use a mouthpiece to protect their teeth and body armour - spine pad, shoulder pads with arm and elbow pads built in, and a pair of padded shorts.

They used wide, long skis with bindings to DIN 18 or so, set at about 16.

Balance is usually through the boots, but also depends on the angle of the terrain at the take-off point. The landing area is most important - needs to have a steeper angle depending on the drop height which reduces the force of impact on landing, and needs to have a lot of snow to absorb the impact, and sufficient runout to reduce speed after landing. Avoid landing on flatter terrain - there is a greater risk of spine and joint compression injuries.

Training should start with small jumps at low speed and involve progressive increases in drop height.
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Paging Tyrone Shoelaces...
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Originally Posted by Sweetness View Post
leaning back before jumping,
dont do this.

As for learning how to, find a small rock with powder and ski off. Stay centered and look ahead. If you start small you're initial hangtime will be pretty little so it'll be over before you know it. As you get bigger work on spotting your landings and extending before impact and keeping a tight core. But for now just get comfortable going airborne.
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Originally Posted by Sweetness View Post
I've been told to lean forward before leaning back before jumping, but that rarely seems to work...
As a general rule of thumb, you want to try and stay pretty balanced over your skis. You really don't want too lean forward or too far back. There might be a few rare exceptions when leaning back is helpful....but when just starting out and learning, just keep a nice even balance over your feet.

Can you tell me more about your experiences with hucking cliffs? What usually happens?
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Ya dont lean back unless your budy has a spine board handy Hucks and jumps are two diferant things. I would start off buy hucking something familure. The snow conditions change so thats always a consideration also. Once you get used to the feel of a piticlure drop you can experiment with it as far as speed up to it and tricks. Youll get used to that one and others as time goes on. Most guys I know including myself do the same ones at differant mountains. Like was mentioned the landing should be of good incline so your not landing flat. If your skis go slap whan you land theres not enough slope for your hight or your landing on your tails. Stay off the kickers for hucks!! Look for ones that are just a straight off or maybe a bit of lip but you want to decend almost right away as aposed to gain more hight off the edge. dont try to pop of the edge just let it happen. If you can bring your knees up to your chest and hold your arms down beside you with your poles faceing back your in a good position to fly straight. Always keep your eyes on your landing and extend your legs a bit before landing not a full straight extention. you dont want to land with locked knees. Plus as you extend your legs your body position tends to lean back as you straighten. The best thing i can sugest is to go on utube and watch Tanner Hall videos and Seth Morrison vids. Never mind the hudge death defying stuff these guys pull but the tame stuff they huck look at there body positions. The 10 and 20fters these guys take before a 100fter should show you good form. There highly trained skiers in freestyle. And totaly SICK!! The body should be in an athletic position. lots of people i see tend to relax in the air? they just hang there and there not focused or ready to ski when they land. Have confidence in your self. But dont take risks you cant afford. Use one drop and do that same one over and over every run untill your ready to try another. After a while youll know were they all are and youll develope a style for each one. Practise is key. remember dont fly off one you havent tryed before unless it looks totaly the same as one you know even then take the first time slow! Aproch each one with caution know one just flys of the first one they see.also if its one you cant see the bottom of USE A SPOTTER!! If you know some freestlye club members at your mountain they will know were the good hucks and jumps are. Watch were they go and get to know them. Better yet volanteer to help out in the club and some of it may rub off. There always looking for help shoveling snow keeping time and such. Watch lots of video of the huck size you think your ready for. Try to practice the knee up possition on a trampoline or off the diveing board at a pool. some guys have a hard time holding there legs in this postion so they use there hands under there knees to keep them up. Kinda like a ball in the air this position is good for 5-10fters taken with some reletive speed on take off. The ones you just go to the edge off and drop dont worry about untill you can master the style in the air off a nole at speed. These are the ones most good skiers like the most. You want to be in a good enough body position when you land to continue sking.
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